By Tayler, age 14, California

Editor's note: This original story will be posted in chapters over the next few issues. Based on this first installment, it looks like an exciting and well written story, and I can't wait for more!

Chapter 1

There it was. The pink positive sign sitting on my bathroom counter. I could not believe that this cheap piece of plastic had decided my fate. One night of fun, and now I was faced with teenage pregnancy. How was I going to tell him? Would he leave me? I hoped not, because I needed him more than ever. I curled up and cried. I didn't know what to do. I was only eighteen. How was I going to be a mother? I had to ... I had to be there for this baby. I made the mistake. Now it was my job to take care of him or her.

I pulled out my cell phone. Absentmindedly I wrote a message: I have to talk to you. Can we meet somewhere? Soon?

I checked my phone ... no response. Did he already know? Had he already abandoned me? I thought to myself, Please respond, Jeremy, please. I can't do this alone. Within seconds my phone vibrated. I flipped it open to see his response: Is everything okay? I'm coming to your house.

I punched in a fumbled response, not knowing how to word it: I'm in trouble ... I'll be outside. I grabbed the test and put it in my bag.

He pulled up in front of my house. I tried my best to make myself look presentable. He came to my door. "Babe, are you okay?"

"Let's drive somewhere. I need to gather my thoughts." He took me to his truck. It was big enough for a car seat. I was glad he was there holding my hand. I got into the car, and we pulled away. We drove for a while until I started to cry. He looked over at me.

"Please don't leave me," I heard him mutter to himself. He pulled over at a park. I opened my bag and pulled out the test. My eyes filled up with tears. My hands shook. He looked down and then wrapped me in his arms.

"We can do this. You're going to be alright," he said reassuringly. "I think my parents will help us out. We can live in the guest house until we find an apartment. I am so sorry I did this to you. I am not going to abandon you."

"Oh, thank God!" was the only understandable phrase I could get out.

"I love you, Amy. We are going to be okay."

"I love you too, Jeremy." I tossed the test out the window. I don't have to worry right now, I thought. He's not going anywhere. "So how are we going to tell our parents?"

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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